Awards and Grants
Heart for Humanity- 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree Announced
In 2020, the ASCRS Foundation is honored to bestow the Chang Humanitarian Award on a man who has given over sixty-years of his life to the cause of sight in West Africa: Dr. Lowell Gess. Possessing a quiet and gentle spirit, Dr. Gess’ humanitarian journey began before he even chose ophthalmology. And now a half-century later, his namesake eye hospital in the Sierra Leone stands as testament to his life’s work.Learn More
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Chang Humanitarian Award
Endowed by the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. David & Victoria Chang, the Chang Humanitarian Award is given out yearly to a sight-giver who has gone beyond the expected in the field of cataract blindness. The Chang Humanitarian Award highlights unseen superstars of humanitarian eye care- the sight-givers who have dedicated lifetimes to helping individual patients and to changing the world.
Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant
The Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant was created to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eye care on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity to participate in health care systems, including teaching institutions and community programs, in developing countries. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its international partners, recipients get to develop a customized international volunteer plan that provides the opportunity for a young eye surgeon to learn first-hand the intricacies behind global eye care efforts.
Resident Excellence Award
The ASCRS Foundation makes ten awards annually to enable ophthalmology residents
exhibiting exemplary performance to attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting. The
categories for consideration include research, patient care, leadership and
education. Recipients receive a travel grant, four nights accommodation, complimentary meeting registration and invitations to select leadership and social events. The 2020 and 2021 awards are generously supported by Steven Safran, MD.
"Humanitarian eye care is exciting and enlarges your view of the world and your place on it. But watch out; it's addictive."
Richard Litwin, MD, 2019 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree
"I would absolutely recommend current residents and fellows to apply! Reach out to your residency or fellowship director to express your interest in being nominated."
Nandini Venkateswran, 2019 Resident Excellence Winner
"It was good fortune to get into eyecare. With renewed sight, the patient walks without being led, resumes a productive life that provides food, shelter and family needs and assumes a new dignity."
Lowell Gess, MD, 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award Honoree